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Address: , Glengarriff, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-21-427-3251
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You don't have to walk this ,you can drive it, if you are not fainthearted

I walked this from Coomhola when I was a kid, in wellington boots !!! When we got near the top we had to hike 2 and a half miles across rock ,stream and bog to get to the lake to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
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cork ireland
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cork ireland
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I walked this from Coomhola when I was a kid, in wellington boots !!! When we got near the top we had to hike 2 and a half miles across rock ,stream and bog to get to the lake to fish.When we finished we had to walk back down but my father was happy as we had caught some nice... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

There are many fantastic drives around Glengarriff but the Priests Leap is unique. It's perfectly safe but at the same time you think you are going to die at every turn. The kids thought it was the biggest roller coaster in the world.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Great views and this road if definitely off the beaten track but worth the effort so long as your car is happy to travel on roads without Tarmac.

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kansas city
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52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Not sure if we would have taken this road, if we had known how narrow and long it was. Of all the narrow roads in Ireland (we drove over 100 miles) this was the most harrowing. So glad we did not encounter another vehicle. The view was spectacular, although the car would not climb the last 100 feet. Got halfway... More 

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The Road to Hana in Hawaii is nothing compared to Priest Leap. It was the best part of the trip. I thought my Mother and 8 year old son were going to have a heart attack, but they both admitted they loved it too. It probably didn't help that I kept stopping to take pictures. I recommend to anyone who... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Wow! The signs don't give any indication that you are embarking on a steep drive over 20 km of mountain terrain on a 1 track road! We thought the satnav (GPS) was giving us a shortcut from Bantry to Kenmare. Thank goodness for a safe and skillful driver and a clear sky so we could appreciate the view. Priest's Leap... More 

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Marlton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Be careful if your wife doesn't like mountain roads! It is the most out of the way road that you can find, with amazing mountain views and free range for sheep, goats and cattle. The end of the trip is in the Killarney National Forest and dumps you onto the Ring of Kerry. One could not ask for a more... More 

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Dublin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My other half went towards Bantry from Glengarriff on a cycle and saw a sign he had noticed when we travelled down to West Cork first - Priest's Leap; wondering what it was he decided to cycle that way and claims it is the first time he had to get off his bike and walk - it is steep, every... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We were returning to our holiday cottage after a good day out when we spotted a brown tourist sign to 'Priest's Leap' at Ballylickey. It gave no distance and we presumed this would just be a little detour to a viewpoint before supper! The road began to climb, became increasingly narrower and turned into just a track and we continued... More 

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Staines, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Like so many others, our SatNav took us along this road to Kenmare. Luckily it was a clear, sunny day and the views were spectacular although, as the driver, I was more occupied with negotiating the increasingly narrow, steep and winding road. Very amused to see 'no overtaking' signs - how exactly could you overtake?? Extremely relieved that we met... More 

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